IFFR Pro 2021: Composers in the Spotlight

IFFR continues its partnership with Buma Music in Motion for the third year. BMIM and IFFR continuously work on bringing Dutch talent into the spotlight and the composers selected jointly by BMIM and IFFR have both created standout scores for films and audiovisual projects, or are at the beginning of their promising careers. This year, we are happy to match six emerging and established Dutch composers to projects at the CineMart 2021 selection.


Aisling Brouwer (composer, NL)

Aisling Brouwer is a Dutch/Irish composer, producer & artist based in Berlin. One of her latest film scores is for Rubika Shah’s award-winning feature ‘White Riot’ which has screened in cinemas around the world after winning the 2019 Grierson Award for Best Documentary at BFI LFF, a Berlinale Special Mention Award in 2020, and has just been nominated for a BIFA. The ambient electronic score was released as an OST album in December 2020. Having lived and worked in Amsterdam, Los Angeles, London and Berlin - Aisling’s credits include productions for BBC, Discovery Channel, Channel 4 as well as campaigns for the United Nations, Dior & Zegna. Aisling’s artist project with Anna Phoebe - AVAWAVES - is signed to One Little Independent Records (home to Bjork, Ásgeir, Poppy Ackroyd) and managed by Nitin Sawhney. The cinematic duo released their debut album ‘Waves’ in 2019 and will be releasing their second album later this year. She is represented by Manners McDade in London, UK.

Matthijs Kieboom (composer, NL)

Matthijs Kieboom (1985) has been a fulltime composer for over a decade and is Head of Film Music in one of Holland’s leading conservatories. Among his many projects Matthijs scored the documentary “Wild”, which earned him multiple nominations including the International Film Music Critics Association Award (“Best Original Score for a Documentary”). Last year Matthijs scored the remake of UK’s legendary detective series “Van Der Valk” that aired worldwide.

Merlijn Snitker (composer, NL)

"I want my scores to have a strong personality: present, yet unobtrusive. Music as an autonomous character, ánd a specific concept intricately interwoven with the scenario." Voilà, the statement that defines the craftsmanship of Merlijn Snitker, one of Holland’s most successful Dutch film composers. Merlijn Snitker (1970), who graduated at the conservatory as a performing artist (saxophone), is a self-taught composer - hence his original style and fresh approach of the trade. His soundtracks for Publieke Werken (Public Works, 2016) and Bankier van het Verzet (The Resistance Banker, 2018) were both nominated for a Gouden Kalf (the Dutch equivalent of the Oscar). Under the umbrella of a composers collective Snitker won in 2010 the Flemish ‘Outstanding Achievement Film Award’ for the soundtrack of Dossier K. Snitker is not only composing for the Dutch cinema, but also branching out to Belgium (De Premier) and Sweden (Siv Sover Vilse). Snitker’s eclectic style, a cross-over of acoustic and electronic music, proves that soundtracks can be both inconspicuous and mesmerizing.

Federico Solazzo (composer, NL)

Experienced, fast, reliable, hard-working and smile-on-guy, Federico Solazzo is an Italian music composer for film, TV and games based in The Netherlands. Federico's recent work includes the TV series Mocro Maffia (NL), the documentary Il cercatore d'infinito (IT, LTG award at the 77º Venice Film Festival), the opening ceremony of the World Expo 2020 Dubai (UAE) and for the feature film Eyes Wide Open (KR). In the advertisement world, he is working with several NL/UK based agencies, bringing his music to clients like Diesel, Visa, Nestlè, IKEA, Amazon, Toyota. Currently also working with the international studio Audio Workshop for clients like Ubisoft and Netflix. After an extensive classical and jazz training in Italy, Federico studied at the Institute of Sonology (Royal Conservatory of The Hague, NL). Afterwards, he studied orchestration with Los Angeles composer and conductor Charles Fernandez (Disney, Dreamworks) and received a Master’s degree in Professional Media Composition with distinction from the University of Chichester (UK).

Tess van der Velden (composer, NL)

Tess van der Velde (1992) is an Amsterdam based film/media composer and songwriter. She studied a Bachelor Pop at the Conservatory of Amsterdam from 2011 – 2015. During that time, besides being songwriter in several bands, she started doing more and more music for commercials. After graduating she decided to continue down this path by entering the Master Composing for Film at the Dutch Film Academy. During her Masters she had a chance to collaborate on a number of films and commercials and has been doing so ever since. Her style is best described as light hearted, dreamy and quircky, but could easily be something totally different. You can listen to her scores in fiction films&series like: ANNE+, Bep&Bodien, VLAM, LIV and Cavello, in documentaries such as: De Vliegende Hond, Skip en de Rhytm Rangers, Zwitserse Kust, Zoals Zij and Nettiquette and she worked on commercials for: Bijenkorf, Philips, KLM, La Redoute, Amorelie and Zalando amongst others.

Renán Zelada Cisneros (composer, NL)

Renán Zelada Cisneros (b. 1993) is a composer specialized in music for visual media such as film, TV, and theater. He holds a Bachelor’s degree from the Royal Conservatoire The Hague and a Master’s degree in Composing for Film, a joint program between the Amsterdam Conservatoire and the Dutch Film Academy. Renán collaborates regularly with filmmakers both in the Netherlands and abroad. He has worked in both fiction films and documentaries such as A View From Above (Dylan Werkman, 2020), Harmonia (Thom Lunshof, 2020), and Nicki (Saman Haghighivand, 2020). In 2020, during the Keep an Eye Festival in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, the film Harmonia was awarded the Topkapi Best Fiction Film Award. That same year, the film was awarded a Wildcard Award at the Netherlands Film Festival. During the same Festival, the film A View From Above received the Pathé Tuschinski Award for Best Film. Nicki was premiered at the Trondheim Pride 2020 and will be streamed at the Nukhu Festival (New York City, USA) and the For Rainbow International Film Festival (Brazil).